Wednesday, October 07, 2009

Labelling deadline may keep natural health products off shelves

From CBC News:
Hundreds of natural health products could disappear from store shelves next spring because of a Health Canada backlog in approving licences, warns the Canadian Health Food Association.

"We're at a critical stage," said Carl Carter, director of regulatory affairs and policy development for the CHFA.

"The biggest concern we have at this point is the standards of evidence Health Canada has been requesting for products' efficacy," he told CBC News.

Firms that make and sell natural health products are not opposed to being regulated. In fact, they welcome the Health Canada stamp of approval, said Carter. However, he said the "pendulum has swung too far" in terms of proving that a drug works. ...more

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